Pomona 1 Post Race Recap
Event 1 of 24 (Pomona I)
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Feb. 9-11, 2018
DSR Pomona I Race Day Highlights:
- Matt Hagan claimed the first Funny Car victory of 2018
- Tony Schumacher posted a runner-up finish
- Hagan became the first driver to win the season-opener from the No. 1 seed for two consecutive years since Don Prudhomme in 1976/1977
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
No. 3 (3.860 E.T. at 332.84 MPH)
E1: 3.907 E.T. at 333.00 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 4.016 E.T. at 324.12 MPH
E2: 3.901 E.T. at 330.23 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 4.253 E.T. at 220.51 MPH
E3: Broke – No Time defeated by Robert Hight 3.899 E.T. at 329.10 MPH
As the No. 3 qualifier, Beckman faced No. 14 seed Bob Tasca III in the first round of eliminations. The Norco, Calif. resident was first off of the starting line and retained the lead through the finish line. He powered the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Funny Car across the stripe in 3.907-seconds at 333-mph, posting top speed of the session.
Beckman and Tim Wilkerson kicked off the Funny Car quarterfinal round, and the 2012 Funny Car world champion once again had the advantage of lane choice. He lit up the scoreboard with a session-best E.T. and speed of 3.901 at 330.23-mph, easily defeating Wilkerson’s 4.253.
In the semifinals, the Infinite Hero team chose their lane versus Robert Hight. Beckman, who was looking for his first Pomona Funny Car event win, stood on the gas and immediately went up in smoke, ending his opportunity to race for the first Funny Car Wally of 2018.
“I’m frustrated right now and everybody on the team is as well because we can’t find a smoking gun. The moment we started the car up, it was shredding the blower belt. That’s okay, we’ll just go through everything with a fine-toothed comb. I only live 30 miles away and I don’t want to have two weeks off. I want to pack my bags and fly to Phoenix tomorrow because I think we have one of the best cars there is out here. Once we dive in and eliminate these little bugs, we’re going to start reeling off race wins.”
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Points Standing:
81 points, ranked No. 3
Leads fourth ranked Ron Capps by three points
Trails second ranked Robert Hight by 20 points
Photos courtesy of Auto Imagery. Hi res available upon request.